May 15: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, May 15, 1928, Mickey Mouse appeared in his first cartoon?

May 15th is celebrated as Straw Hat Day and Chocolate Chip Day.

Today marks the 135th day of the year. We’re slowly getting through the year, but still have 230 days left until the end of the year.

From the introduction of one of the most iconic cartoons of all time to the founding of one of America’s greatest cities, this day in history will blow your mind!

Did you know that on this day in 1928, Mickey Mouse appeared in his first cartoon? It was a silent short film called “Plane Crazy” that would later be re-released with sound.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 15th in history!

What Events Happened On May 15 In History?

2008 The Californian Supreme Court ruled that the state ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

At the time, less than 50% of Californians polled were in favor of same-sex marriage. Nevertheless, the first couples were married under the new changes in June of the same year.

1990 The “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” by Vincent van Gogh was sold for $82.5 million in three minutes.

It became the most expensive painting ever sold at an auction.

1972 After being under US military authority, the island of Okinawa reverted back to Japanese control.

1958 The USSR launched the Sputnik III.

OTD in 1958: The USSR launched the Sputnik III.

This satellite was carrying a variety of tools for geophysical research.

1940 The world’s first Mcdonald’s opened in San Bernardino, California.

1940 Richard and Maurice McDonald opened the first McDonald’s restaurant in San Bernardino, California.

1935 The Moscow Metro was opened to the public.

It was 6.8 miles long with 13 stations. That day was celebrated as a technological victory for socialism. At the debut, approximately 285,000 people rode the Metro.

1930 Ellen Church became the first female airline stewardess aboard a Boeing Air Transport flight from San Francisco to Chicago.

1928 Mickey Mouse appeared in his first cartoon.

OTD in 1928: Mickey Mouse appeared in his first cartoon.

The cartoon was called "Plane Crazy" and was only ever released in a test screening. The film was a black and white silent film; however, it failed to pick up a distributor.

1921 The British Legion was formed to take care of veterans by giving financial, social, and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces.

1905 Las Vegas was officially founded.

OTD in 1905: Las Vegas was officially founded.

One hundred and ten acres of Nevada land was auctioned off to excited buyers. Those acres of land would later become downtown Las Vegas. The first mayor of Las Vegas was Peter Buol.

1897 Magnus Hirschfeld founded the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee in Berlin.

It was the first-ever LGBT rights organization.

1862 The US Department of Agriculture was created after being signed into legislation by President Abraham Lincoln.


Famous People Born On May 15

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Nick Purcha? See what other famous people were born on this day.

2002 Chase Hudson

American Singer

Chase Hudson
20 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1991 Jed Elliott

English Bassist

Jed Elliott
31 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1997 Nick Purcha

Canadian Actor

Nick Purcha
25 years old
Born In:

1981 Jamie-Lynn Sigler

American Actress

Jamie-Lynn Sigler
41 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

Special Holidays On May 15

Are you looking for something to do today? Then why not find time today to celebrate the following special holidays.

May 15: National Straw Hat Day

National Straw Hat Day

Straw hats can be found in all kinds of shapes and styles all over the world, and rightfully so - they’re such an incredibly versatile hat! Not only do they keep the sun off your face, but they keep your head cool too. If you don’t have one yet, today’s the perfect excuse to buy one!

May 15: National Chocolate Chip Day

National Chocolate Chip Day

Chocolate chips make things so much better that they get their very own holiday! In honor of Chocolate Chip Day, why not try your hand baking up some delicious chocolate chip treats or experimenting and discovering new recipes that go well with chocolate chips!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Turkey vultures use defensive vomit to get rid of any disturbing animal. They can propel their vomit up to 10 feet.

May 15 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Everyone who was born on this day shares the star sign of Taurus.

Taurus is represented by the bull and is the second sign in the zodiac. Taureans tend to be grounded and logical. They love routine, and they like to be fully in control of their own comfort and surroundings.

People born in May all have the Emerald birthstone. The word “emerald” comes from the ancient Greek “smaragdos,” meaning “green gem.” The emerald gem was believed to have magical properties that keep illnesses at bay.

Those who were born on May 15th were likely conceived the previous year on August 22nd.

A baby that is conceived on May 15, 2023, will likely be due next year around February 5.

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